Her former teachers remember Swetnam fondly, saying she fit in fast with a group of friends who loved her southern drawl.
Headmaster Roger Carter remembers Swetnam well.
"These kids are like your kids and they are no matter how old they are," said Carter. "Whether they're sixth graders showing up here and running through the dining hall or whether they're alums you taught 25 to 30 years ago."
During her time in Tulsa, Swetnam competed in pageants and was crowned Miss Midtown Tulsa Teen USA in 2010 and Miss Oklahoma Teen USA that same year.
Her best friend, Taylor Pierce, competed in several pageants, as well. "We had so much in common," she said. "I did pageants. She did pageants. We had the same favorite color, same favorite food, crawfish."
Pierce wishes she could have one more moment with Swetnam. "I would just tell her how much I love her and I was just so thankful that she moved from Tennessee to Oklahoma and became my best friend," she said.
Swetnam, who attended college at the University of Arkansas, worked at a local Fayetteville boutique called Riffraff. A post on the store's blog Wednesday was dedicated to their coworker:
"The Riffraff family is greatly saddened by the loss of a friend and long term co-worker, Rachel Swetnam, on the evening of May 14th, 2013. Rachel loved working at Riffraff. Her beautiful smile, infectious cheer, and great sense of humor filled our halls daily.
It will be the little things that we'll remember. The quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, It will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring back the smiles again.
She always has and always will be very near and dear to our hearts. Please respect this time of mourning for all of us here at Riffraff. Our prayers are with Rachel's family and friends at this time."
Visitation for Swetnam is Saturday at 8:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church, located at 1520 S. Rockford in Tulsa.